It’s Been a While Since My Last Dental Appointment; Will My Next Cleaning Hurt?

September 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — nbkdental @ 10:11 pm
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If you’ve put off seeing the dentist for a while, you might be wondering about whether your upcoming appointment will be uncomfortable. The short answer is it shouldn’t be. However, there are some factors that can complicate the process. Here’s what you should know about what to expect at your first appointment back and a few tips for keeping the experience as pleasant as possible.

Your Cleaning May Be Uncomfortable if Your Mouth Is Not Used to Being Cleaned

One of the best ways to prevent discomfort in the dentist’s chair is to consistently practice proper daily oral hygiene at home, including brushing, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash. While many people brush their teeth twice a day or more, they often neglect to floss consistently. While cleaning between your teeth is perfectly comfortable if you do it regularly, your gums can be especially sensitive to the cleaning process at the dentist’s office if they aren’t used to the treatment.

Some simple logic to remember is that your professional dental cleaning will go by much more quickly and smoothly if you’ve been properly cleaning your teeth at home. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, one of the best ways to prepare your mouth for the experience is to give your teeth a thorough brushing and flossing before you arrive. This will make it significantly more comfortable when your dentist cleans your teeth. Another way to be more comfortable is to take an over-the-counter pain reliever before your appointment.

Dental Anxiety Can Make Your Appointment More Uncomfortable Than It Has to Be

Fear of the dentist is an incredibly common phobia among Americans, and it may very well be the reason you’ve put off seeing one for so long. While the only way to get over a phobia is to acclimate oneself to dealing with it, there are a few ways you can take the edge off of the experience in the meantime. One excellent way is to bring a good book to keep you company in the waiting room to keep your mind off of your appointment. Another way is to listen to music or podcasts through headphones in the dentist’s chair, but you should ask your dentist’s permission first.

One of the best things you can do to stay comfortable during your appointment is to communicate clearly with your dentist. Dentists are trained to be compassionate and nonjudgmental, so there’s no reason to be embarrassed if your teeth aren’t in the best shape.

You deserve teeth that can faithfully serve you throughout your life, and your dentist’s appointment is a crucial part of keeping them in working order. Taking care of your health despite being nervous about the process is a noble and admirable thing. Your smile will thank you.

About the Author

Northbrook Dental Group provides caring customer service to the community of Northbrook, IL. Led by Drs. James and Justin Woodruff, the staff can provide virtually every dental service you and your family could need. Areas of expertise include general, pediatric, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. For more information on staying comfortable in the chair, contact the office online or dial (847) 272-0049.

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